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Tilburg University: one week English programme for law studies

25 May 2006, 23:24

Second-year law students will be immersed in an English-language programme for a week each year. The English language will also be more interwoven in the regular study programmes, including the examinations.

Second-year law students will be immersed in an English-language programme for a week each year. The English language will also be more interwoven in the regular study programmes, including the examinations.

During the English legal language skills (Ells) course, students will receive substantive lectures in English. Subsequently, they will be required to work in smaller groups using the knowledge acquired in this way to give a presentation, hold a group discussion, and write a paper.

The course, worth two ECTS credits, will be given instead of the now compulsory subject Legal English. The new Ells is not a language course, but is aimed specifically at the learning of legal and academic English.

Additionally, lecturers in other subjects will be encouraged to make more use of the English language, al least when the content makes it relevant. The use of English can vary from references to the English literature to giving a complete series of lectures, including examinations, in English. On Tuesday 25 April, the Faculty Council decided not to oblige lecturers to do so.

The decision of the board to get more students acquainted with the English legal language is, among other things, the result of student fraction Vrijspraak's proposal. The study/working group, which is responsible for setting up Ells, questioned lecturers and received 'remarkable' support for the use of English in education.

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